John (Jack) Mathews

Jan 30, 1928 – May 15, 2018


John Mathews

John (Jack) Mathews passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on May 15th at age 90.

Born January 30, 1928 in South Park, he attended Franklin High School. He travelled the world while serving in the Merchant Marines, then worked as a seaman piloting many ferries and ships. He went on to become a longshoreman and retired in 1992.

Jack is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Rosegene.

Jack is joyfully remembered by his six children, John (Jonah), Marijane, Tom (Brigitte), Margoan (Jim), Monica (Gary) and Stuart (Debbi), his nine grandchildren Sean, Aaron, Riley (Allison), Jessica (Dylan), Jake, Alyson, Emily, Caitlyn and Griffin, one great grandchild, Gavin and one of his many beloved dogs Zoe. He was preceded in death by his infant son, Mark.

Jack loved fishing, family weekends at the cabin, road trips in his RV, and the Seahawks.  He will be greatly missed as a husband, father, Grampa and Papa.

A service will be held at St. Thomas Catholic Church on Wednesday, May 23rd at 11:00 am, 4415 S. 140th St., Tukwila. Reception to follow.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to Northwest Harvest at<>.



Frank and Dana Moburg
Orange, Ca
May 21, 2018

We are sorry to hear of Jack’s passing.

Frank has many fond memories of Jack as a quiet, gentle and strong man. The Matthews were longtime neighbors of Frank’s mom and the major “family neighborhood hub” of the street. Jack and Rosegene always made Frank, Mark and Mary Moburg feel loved and welcome in their home. (Dana too - though she came along many years later than Frank’s early childhood years!)

What a wonderful legacy love Jack leaves in his wife and family. We will pray for him and all who love and mourn him.

Love, Frank and Dana

Michelle Curtin
Auburn, Wa
May 19, 2018

I’ll always remember Uncle Jack as a very kind and gentle man. I’m glad he was surrounded by his family and was at peace.

Charlene Magneson
Ocean Shores, WA
May 18, 2018

So sorry to hear of Uncle Jack passing. It was nice that he was at home. John and I will see you at the service.

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